June primary election fast approaching – Canon City Daily Record

By Justin D. Grantham
Fremont County Clerk and Recorder

This year is called a gubernatorial election year. In Colorado, that means all statewide candidates will be on the ballot, including the governor. The June primary election will be filled with the U.S. Senate and Representatives, State Governor and other statewide candidates, Senate and State Representatives, County Commissioner, clerk and recorder, treasurer, assessor, sheriff and coroner. The primary decides which candidates will run in the November general election among political parties.

This year is crucial as bad actors challenge the integrity of the elections and discourage citizens from voting. Overall, this year will determine Colorado’s future for the next four years.

At the state level, both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have ballot candidates in Fremont County. At the county level, only the Republican Party has candidates on the ballot. Starting in 2018 and going forward, unaffiliated voters in Colorado have the opportunity to vote in the primaries and this June will be no different.

Ballots will be mailed the week of June 6. You have the option of voting in person, dropping off your ballot at a voting center or at the clerk’s office, using one of the four drop boxes, or returning your ballot by mail.

All information about voting center location, drop off locations and drop box locations will be with the voting instructions inside the absentee ballot or at www.fremontco.com.

Over the past two years, there have been multiple attempts to undermine the elections. Voter fraud reports by self-proclaimed experts have been published showing possible fraud in election materials due to their lack of understanding of state election laws. While these reports are interesting, they are silent in Colorado because we keep paper ballots, referee logs, and other reports to prove the election was not manipulated. There have also been reports published by real election experts and election professionals. They describe how physical titles, paper ballots, and pre-election testing and post-election audits are conducted.

Colorado is one of the safest states to vote. I can’t speak for other states, but in Colorado, you can rest assured that our elections are safe, secure, and not manipulated. Election judges from both parties, background checks on all election workers, limited two-person access to critical equipment rooms, video surveillance, physical credentials checked, paper ballots, and audits and tests performed by election judges are just some of the precautions. Fremont County takes to secure elections. If you don’t want to take my word for it, I encourage you to come in, be an election judge, and see for yourself.

This year will determine most of Colorado’s elected officials for four years. This primary will determine which candidate goes to the polls in the general election in November. It is important that we as a county vote in June and November, so that we can be accurately and equally represented at all levels of government. Don’t let those who spread election misinformation stop you from voting. Every vote counts!

Justin D. Grantham is the Fremont County Clerk and Recorder.

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